Colombo: Legendary Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara is likely to call time on his international career after the first Test against India, tentatively scheduled to be played at Galle starting August 18th. The southpaw is expected to finalize his decision after a meeting with the national selectors on Tuesday but it is understood that Sangakkara has already communicated to Sri Lanka Cricket Board that he intends to play only three more Test matches.
Sangakkara, who has county cricket commitments to honour with Surrey, is expected to feature in the first two Tests against Pakistan in Galle and Colombo before turning out for the opening Test of the India series. With the Test match schedule for the India series yet to be formally announced, there is a possibility of the Sangakkara’s farewell match to be allotted to his home city of Kandy.
37-year Sangakkara, who made his Test debut back in 2000 against South Africa at Galle, is Sri Lanka’s highest run-getter in Test history having accumulated 12203 runs at 58.66 in 130 Tests.
He retired from the T20 format after guiding Sri Lanka to World T20 title in 2014 and earlier this year, Sangakkara scored four consecutive hundreds in the 50-over World Cup, a tournament after which he quit the limited overs format. He was requested by the board to carry on until the India series in Tests in a bid to facilitate a smooth transition to the new era of Sri Lankan cricket